Reusable Menstrual Products
I was gobsmacked when I realized that I had not yet made a post about Reusable Menstrual products. Hopefully this post willl address this oversight. We have been offering these products since we opened in 1991.
Reusable Menstrual Products are a category of products we carry that really align with our founding vision – to offer people information and products that will help them lessen their impact on the planet and its inhabitants. When women choose these products they are eliminating the creation and disposal of single-use items thus fewer resources being consumed, less plastic, less packaging, and less disposal of the waste created by this industry.
Some businesses have come and gone but some sustained themselves and when it comes to reusable menstrual cups the options have certainly expanded. We have offered pads from women collectives, women home-based businesses, and from larger companies. Since 1991 most suppliers have come and gone but there were always some other people to step in.
RUMPs – ReUsable Menstrual Products
The move to reusable menstrual products is really moving along even though it is still a somewhat underground movement. I think it is great that there is now a Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28th) since it will highlight the issues/taboos surrounding periods in most cultures.
And of course, they have the Reusable Menstrual Products movement has it’s own acronym – RUMPs.
When we started in 1991, the only menstrual cup we could get at that time was The Keeper. This only came in a natural surgical rubber at that time but. They have since added a silicone based version called the Mooncup. Probably because companies like Diva Cup came on the market with a silicone based product.
These simple items collect menstrual fluid in the ‘cup’.
There are several other options available like Yuuki cups and Ruby Cups. I really like that Yuuki has a rainbow coloured cup.
I also love that some companies are using reusable menstrual products to bring around a social change in different countries like the social enterprise mission of Ruby Cups where they donate cups to young school girls. If we could carry Ruby Cups we would. The store has donated 10 menstrual cups through Ruby Cup. Check out their website if you would like to donate a menstrual cup to a young school girl – they are only 18$ CANADIAN.
Drop by the store and check out our offering of reusable menstrual cups.
Reusable Menstrual Pads
Cloth was expensive in past generations. When clothes were no longer repairable they would become rags to be used around the house and some of these rags were used as pads during a period.
Over time, the industry saw a need and an opportunity to provide a product that most women will need every 28 days or so. When you can provide a product or service that people are addicted to our need, especially on a regular basis, then you can start to make some serious amount of money. Alcohol, tobacco, food, shelter (land), menstrual products, etc are all items that we need or want and are in the position that suppliers of these items can make lots of money.
The makers of disposable menstrual products know that once a person starts using their product they usually have them as a customer for the next 35 years. It is estimated that a woman will contribute about 11,000 pieces of pads or tampons over her menstruating lifetime. This does not include the packaging and plastic wraps/applicators.
We carry two lines of cotton reusable menstrual pads. We have Foxy Cloth and Luna Pads.
Talk to your friends that use these products and have then vouch for them. Many of the women that use these kinds of products are empowered by how much healthier these products make them feel. They also save money and dramatically reduce their ecological footprint.
Healthier Disposable Menstrual Products
We also offer all cotton disposable tampons and pads. These are plastic free products from Natracare.
Resources for Reusable Menstrual Pads
Check out some of these great videos:
#NoMoreLimits by Dee MC
Powerful spoken word – To Bleed Without Violence by Aranya Johar
The Period Poem when Dominique Christina sends a poem to her daughter.
This is a good overview of the issue of plastic pollution caused by regular disposable menstrual products. This video is produced by Natracare to promote where they are coming from and by association – their products.
Check out this fun video with Natalie Fee – Why Plastic Pollution is Personal. There are lots of menstrual products that are flushed down the toilet.
I lifted the following graphic from https://friendsoftheearth.uk/plastics/plastic-periods-menstrual-products-and-plastic-pollution
There is also some good documentaries out there like Period: End of Sentence (Netflix).